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See in a day a unique combination of marvels created by human beings and wonders created by mother nature.
If you are in a hurry and don’t have enough time to spend make a choice and just consider stopping at just one place. Here, you can find a description of the tour of the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento.
The best place to stay for the tour of the Valley of the Temples, wine tasting and Turkish steps is Agrigento. But you may go to Agrigento on a day trip from other Sicilian locations.
Day tour from Palermo: driving time about 2 hours and 20 minutes
Day tour from Ragusa: driving time about 2 hours
Day tour from Catania: driving time about 2 hours
Day tour from Taormina: driving time about 3 hours
Valley of the Temples
Meet your guide at your accommodation or the entrance of the Valley of the Temples (Giunone Entrance). Visit one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998. First stop in front of the Temple of Hera (Juno) built at the very top of the hill. Enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape, coastline, and the Mediterranean Sea. Then walk for about one mile downhill and stop along the main path to admire the city fortifications and Byzantine arcosolia, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Herakles, the Temple of Zeus and the Sanctuary of Chthonian Deities (Temple of Castor and Pollux). As you listen to your guide you’ll discover the secrets behind their construction, gain insight into the civilization that produced them and get to know the personages that made ancient Akragas “the most beautiful of mortal cities”
Wine tasting at Morreale- Agnello Winery
From the Valley of the Temples drive for about 20 minutes to Tenuta Morreale Agnello for wine-tasting. The vineyard covers an area of about 60 hectares, in the beautiful countryside of the former fief of Fauma, in the most prestigious terroir of the municipalities of Agrigento and Siculiana.
The perfect exposure, the particular micro-climate, the favourable soil peculiarities and the optimal yield per hectare, make the soils ideal for the genuine production of the finest organic wines. The varieties of grapes grown are both native varieties such as Nero d'Avola, Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto, and international varieties such as Merlot, Syrah and Viognier. Time for wine tasting and food sampling
Turkish Steps or Scala dei Turchi
In the afternoon continue to the Scala dei Turchi. Visit one of the most famous beaches in the world: Scala dei Turchi or Turskish Steps, a white cliff sliding into the sea. The place takes its name from the Saracen pirates, improperly called Turks by the local populations (as the Arab people were called by convention), who in the 1500s used to land on this particular rocky formation to plunder the coastal villages such as the modern-day Realmonte. This natural staircase, hence the name “scala“, sloping into the blue water, made it easy to land from the sea for pirate raids, in a place sheltered from the winds and probably also poorly controlled. Walk along the beach and swim in the clear water if you wish. You'll never forget the blue colour of the sea and the white colour of the cliffs.